The Library Journal’s verdict on Rules of the Game
Stevenson, Matthew & Michael Martin. Rules of the Game: The Best Sports Writing from Harper’s Magazine. Franklin Square: Harper’s Magazine. Apr. 2010. c.368p. ISBN 978-1-879957-58-9. pap. $14.95. SPORTS
This collection of great writings by Mark Twain, George Plimpton, and A. Bartlett Giamatti, to name but three, is the ideal addition to any library’s general collection on Americana, sports, social studies, and, not least of all, baseball. If one knew nothing about this country, its history, and mores, one would be almost qualified for citizenship once these wonderful texts have been read, savored, and reread. From the emergence of the Davis Cup and musings (in 1938) about the future hold of television on sports and our lives to the assault on racism in sport and society, not to mention the grip of a sports team on small-town life, this collection is superior in every aspect. On baseball, we move from the bleachers of Wrigley to the role of a sports hero in overcoming bereavement to Branch Rickey and Bernie Carbo.VERDICT This is sheer reading pleasure of a rare quality. Highly recommended for all sports fans.—Gilles Renaud, Cornwall, Ont.
The review appeared online here on March 1, 2010.